FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
January 12, 2005
(615) 741-2257 (O)
 
(615) 308-3705 (C)

CLAIBORNE COUNTY WORKFORCE EMPLOYER OUTREACH COMMITTEE FORMED
LABOR DEPARTMENT REACHES OUT TO EMPLOYERS

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announces the formation of local Workforce Employer Outreach Committees (WEOC) across the state. The committees are an ongoing effort by the department to reach out to Tennessee employers and get valuable information to foster economic development and promote departmental services.

In Claiborne County, co-chairmen have been named for the committee. They are C. Steven Lewis, president of Citizens Bank, and Powell M. Trusler Jr., human resources manager of DTR-Tennessee.

The committee is open to employers wishing to become involved. Some of the benefits of joining are the following: to have an opportunity to share ideas and concerns with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development; to enhance your company's awareness of employment issues and legislation that affects your business operation; to gain a better understanding of the many programs and services the department provides; and an opportunity to network with various divisions within the department and build a personal working relationship with an employer services specialist from the department.

Commissioner Neeley will be the guest speaker at the first meeting of the Claiborne County WEOC, to be held Wednesday, January 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Old Town Grill, 1440 North Broad Street in Tazewell. He will talk about changes to the Worker’s Compensation Law and about programs to attract new businesses and retain existing ones. For reservations, call Dot Patterson at 423-626-8117.

Future sessions will include discussions regarding the Tennessee Career Center, Adult Education, Drug-Free Workplace, Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health, Unemployment Insurance, and many more.

For more information on the Claiborne County WEOC, please contact Roy Jones, employer services specialist, at 865-850-8562.

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